107th R/C Flyers GX Shootout



July 31, 2011 - SAUGUS, MA - It was sunny and very warm for this year’s running of  the 107th R/C Flyer's Club GX Shootout. There were eight pilots in attendance for the contest. We had a strong breeze that served to moderate the sun’s heat, a great day for GX Combat.

The round one leader was young Richard Sherman followed closely by Brian and Matt Stas. The balance of the field was off to a very slow start. In round two Matt got an airtime win over Richard while Brian was posting a one cut win over Joe Fustolo. Later in round two Neil Simpson earned a two cuts to one win over Paul Kubek. At the halfway point it was Brian and Matt setting the pace with Neil running a distant third.

Round Three began with Neil getting past Brian on airtime, each pilot recording one cut apiece. Next Matt and Paul flew to a one cut apiece draw. Going into the final round it was a virtual three way tie between Matt, Neil and Brian. The final two matches would decide things. In the semi final Brian got past Paul two cuts to one to claim the clubhouse lead. In the final Matt got a one cut apiece airtime win over Neil taking the match and the contest in the process. The final order of finish was Matt, Brian, Neil and Joe. Richard Sherman took home the sportsman division “gold”.

Thanks to 107th R/C Flyer's Club for the use of their facilities and for providing us with food and beverage. Thank you to Chris Sarnowski for cd’ing the contest. A special thank you to Dick Carville who was our host. Dick manned the grill keeping us supplied with hot dogs and burgers and later treated us to a demo flight with his electric stunter. A very impressive airplane.

107th R/C Flyers GX Shootout
Formula GX Combat
8 contestants ( all from MA )
16  matches ( 1 mid-air )

(A) Matt Stas-Kingston, MA 2160pts
(E) Brian Stas-Kingston, MA2155pts
(E) Neil Simpson-East Brookfield, MA  1745pts
(E) Joe Fustolo-Stoughton, MA    1545pts
(E) Dick Sherman-Andover, MA   1430pts
(A) Paul Kubek-Brockton, MA     1410pts
(A) Chris Sarnowski-Bedford, MA1140pts
(S) Richard Sherman, Andover MA      1130pts

The top finishers were Matt Stas (1st) , Brian Stas (2nd), Neil Simpson (3rd)
and Richard Sherman (1st Sportsman).

photos courtesy of Brian Stas